How Easily We Forget “The Reason for the Season”
Written by: Elisabeth Lough
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For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Isaiah 9:6
Many of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day “missed” the Messiah because they were looking for the wrong kind of man. They were looking for a warrior king who would drive out the Romans and reclaim the nation of Israel. They were not looking for a humble, compassionate man like Jesus, Who came to serve instead of be served.
When Jesus first came into our world, nobody expected Him to take the form of a little baby. Babies are helpless and dependent on their parents to take care of them. Who would’ve thought that the Savior of the world would come wrapped in the body of an innocent baby?
Yet the Old Testament foretold the coming of a special Child. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,” writes the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6 (KJV). Why, then, did the religious leaders of Jesus’ day not remember this prophecy? They were looking for the wrong kind of messiah. They were so blinded by their desire for a military hero to rid them of Rome that they lost sight of what truly mattered, the One Who fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. They forgot the countless prophecies that painted a beautiful picture of the true Messiah Who would one day come to save His people from their sins. Because of this, they lost an opportunity to welcome the Savior into the world and into their lives.
How often have we, dear friends, lost sight of what truly mattered in our fixation for something more immediate to be fulfilled? In this busy Christmas season, it is easy to forget “the reason for the season” in the hustle and bustle to buy last-minute gifts, decorate the house just so for future visitors, plan the annual Christmas party, and bake endless batches of cookies. Not to mention all the family and friends to visit. Society has turned Christmas into a chaotic time that distracts from the beauty of why we have Christmas in the first place: to celebrate Jesus’ coming to this world.
Let us resolve to not miss the Messiah’s coming this holiday season. Let us resolve to fix our eyes on what truly matters about Christmas: Christ’s coming and how His arrival fulfilled prophecies that were thousands of years old. That night in Bethlehem when Christ was born was literally a turning point in history. After all, history's timeline (A.D. and B.C.) is based around the birth of Christ.
1. In what ways have you lost sight of what truly matters this Christmas season?
2. How can you take time during this busy season to appreciate Jesus’ arrival and His fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament?
Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to this world thousands of years ago as a little baby. Many people missed Your coming because they were looking for a different kind of messiah. During this Christmas season, help me not to miss Your coming either. Help me to take time to reflect on Your birth and how it affected the world, even today. Help me to remember that prophets foretold of Your coming and how You fulfilled every single prophecy. Despite the hustle and bustle that comes with Christmas, Lord, help me not to miss why we celebrate Christmas: to remember Your coming. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
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